Ghanaians last Saturday, where greeted with horrific news over the announcement of the murder of Prof Emmanuel Yaw Benneh, a senior Law lecturer at the University of Ghana.
Beyond the bewildering incident was the mind-blowing narrative that trailed his murder. According to his colleague at the Faculty, Dr Poku Adusei, the academic was "murdered" in the same fashion as the late Abuakwa North Member of Parliament (MP), Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu.
Four persons have so far been picked up in connection with the murder. The persons: two cleaners, Christian Pobee, 32 and James Nana Womba, 26; a house help, Isaac Botchwey, 41; and a gardener, Adams Mensah Mansur, 52.
Far more disheartening in the opinion of this newspaper, is the needless loss of another innocent life, at the hands misfits, who have been running riot, escaping the grip of the law.
Although, the Police has declared that it would investigate the murder, we believe that the investigation should be like a run of the mill exercise as we have seen in the past.
The Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Afia Tenge in an interview confirmed this to Joy News.
"Currently a team of investigators including the Crime Scene management team from the CID have begun investigations and are undertaking thorough crime scene reconstruction analysis to help the police clear headway into the unfortunate incident."
This newspaper demands that the investigation should not only be thorough but speedily exhausted and on time.
The lethargic manner in which cases of murder in this country are investigated and convicted leaves much to be desired.
We believe that, if murder culprits are severely punished, the penchant where people without any provocation take the lives of others will reduce, if not eliminated.
The point to be made, in our view, is that the courts, should display more commitment towards speedy adjudication of murder cases to serve as deterrent to people who bay for blood.
May the soul of Prof Emmanuel Yaw Benneh, rest in peace.